The Dernogalizer

February 22, 2009

Climate Bill Coming This Year

Filed under: Climate Change,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 11:38 am
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There have been a lot of conflicting pieces of information about when a climate bill is going to be coming to a vote in each chamber of Congress.   Earlier reports seemed to indicate that the consensus coming from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Chair of the Environmental and Public Works Committee Barbara Boxer that we would have to wait until early 2010 for such a bill.  Regardless of the politics, it’s of my opinion that the US needs to take a whack at this legislation this year, and I had my rationale in a column last semester: here

However, over the past couple weeks, this seems to have turned on it’s head thanks to the new chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the House, Henry Waxman has been very vocal about having a bill marked up and out of committee before Memorial Day.  Pelosi appears to have
followed his lead(or maybe it was the other way around?) and is promising the first vote ever on the floor of the house for a climate bill this year.  On the Senate side, Barbara Boxer said at first she didn’t think there would be a bill this year, but deferred to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Reid appears to have trumped Boxer: here, planning for Senate action by the end of the summer.

So there is a very high chance there will be a vote on a climate bill this year by both chambers of Congress.   At a later date I have a post on my recommendations for how environmental groups do the seemingly impossible.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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